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SIU closes investigation into York Region crash

Paramedics transport a York Regional Police officer from an air ambulance at Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto after a crash in East Gwillimbury on Dec. 27, 2012. CITYNEWS

The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has ended its probe of a two-vehicle crash that sent two York Regional Police officers to hospital on Thursday afternoon.

The SIU said Friday that because the passenger in the police vehicle and the driver of the pickup truck did not sustain serious injuries, its investigation was closed.

Sgt. Kelly Bachoo and Const. Andy Pattenden were airlifted to separate Toronto hospitals after the East Gwillimbury crash. Pattenden has since been released, the SIU said.

The collision happened just after 4 p.m., on Mt. Albert Road near Warden Avenue. The officers were returning from the scene of another crash nearby, where a woman was critically injured on the same road.

The officers, who were in an unmarked car, collided with a pick-up truck driven by a 26-year-old woman. The SIU said that the pickup truck driver apparently crossed over the centre line east of Warden and the vehicles collided head on.

The 26-year-old woman was not seriously injured, the SIU said.

The SIU’s mandate is to investigate serious injuries and deaths that may have resulted from criminal offences committed by police officers.

In the first crash that day, two vehicles collided head-on around 12:45 p.m. on Mt. Albert, west of Highway 48.

Paramedics took the male victim to hospital by air ambulance with life-threatening injuries.

York Regional Police said Mt. Albert would be closed from Highway 48 to McCowan Road for several hours for that investigation.